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Black History Month 2022

February is Black History Month. The theme this year is: February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day Click here to check out the Government of Canada’s website. You will find lots of short biographies of the many Black figures in Canadian history. A great reading exercise to do in a session. Or try this interactive CBC site: Black Canadians in History. Then test your knowledge in our Black History Wordsearch Who’s Who in Canada Now and Then For more to read in a tutoring session, CBC are spotlighting members of the black community. Go to the Being …

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Family Literacy Tutor Resources

January 27th is Family Literacy Day! Family Literacy Day was introduced in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada. This initiative highlights the benefits of family involvement in the literacy development of children. It encourages and celebrates the idea of adults and children learning together, while engaging in a variety of entertaining and educational activities every day. Share Family Literacy Day with your learner and use it as a starting point to get them thinking about ways that they can make it a part of their everyday living. Explore new resources and encourage them to discuss these ideas with family and friends. Learning …

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Winter Holidays

Winter Holidays It’s the start of winter. And December is a month of holiday celebrations and family gatherings. The snow is falling and the temperature’s dropping. So, get out your winter clothes and prepare to start those winter activities. To add to your winter holiday fun, here are some fun things to do: Reading Here some simple texts to read: For beginner readers – Try this short picture book introducing winter activities on the Unite for Literacy website For more advanced readers – Here’s a short text about Christmas traditions on the Reading Skills 4 Today website. Word Puzzles Download …

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is November 11th. On Remembrance Day, we observe a minutes silence at 11 am (the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month). Across the world, we pause in this moment of silence to honour and remember all the men and women who have lost their lives, served, and continue to serve Canada and around the world during times of war, conflict and peace. Resources you can use to learn more about Remembrance Day Find out more about remembrance day and the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces on the Canadian Veterans …

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Thanksgiving

October 11th is Thanksgiving October 11th is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. From all of us at LU, we wish you and your family a very happy thanksgiving. Download this fun Wordsearch with a Thanksgiving theme. If you are interested in reading more about Thanksgiving, it’s history and traditions, here is a link to a reading comprehension activity for more advanced readers: http://www.learnenglish-online.com/reading/thanksgiving.html Gobble Gobble If you aren’t sure how to cook that traditional thanksgiving Turkey, why not read this article in the West Coast Reader: Or if eating turkey is not your thing and you’re looking for a Thanksgiving story …

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Halloween

October 31st is Halloween. This is a great time to have fun with your family – dressing up, carving jack-o-lanterns, and eating candy! The Centre for Family Literacy has some ideas for things to do in their blog post Halloween stories and science. If you’re looking for other things to do or want to learn more about Halloween. Here are some resources for you from LU: Download this fun Wordsearch with a Halloween theme. Or try this Criss-Cross Puzzle – It’s Spooky Season For more advanced readers, here is a short story to read from the British Council. There are …

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Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day September 30th is Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation or Orange Shirt Day. Read the personal story of Phyllis Webstad and find out more about why wearing an orange shirt honours the survivors and families of the residential school system https://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html You can also listen to Phyllis Webstad in this Orange Shirt Day presentation. Phyllis encourages us to read and listen to the stories from survivors and their families. If you are looking for books to read written by First Nations, Metis and Inuits authors, GoodMinds.com is a great place to start. More …

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Celebrate Joy

Celebrate Joy CELEBRATE JOY is a new holiday created by LU’s own executive director, Lucy Baum. Lucy reminds us how important it is that we take the time to find joy in what truly matters to us: our family and friends! On JUNE 27 this year and every year, we ask that you help us celebrate joy by laughing and loving (and remembering). Here are some activities you can do with a learner. For beginning readers Here’s a short story that reminds us that sometimes a kite is all you need on a windy day! You can also download the …

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International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day In Canada, this year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. The International’s women’s day page is a great place to start a session. Here you can find out more about the theme and what it means. You will also be encouraged to strike a pose – and accept the challenge. Here’s a video you’ll find on the webpage. An energizing way to begin thinking about the topic and start a discussion with an adult learner. Why not follow up this video with a reading activity! News for You has an interesting article about how children …

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Black History Month 2021

February is Black History Month In Canada, this year’s theme is The Future is Now. The Government of Canada’s website has lots of information including short biographies and videos about the many noteworthy Black figures in Canadian history, This month there are also lots of other interesting and inspiring articles to read, watch and discuss with your learner as part of your session. Here are just a few. For events in Montreal to celebrate Black history this month, check out the Mois l’Histoire des Noirs (MHN) website. MHN has lots to offer. If you are looking for a webinar on …

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